Accusations that Turkey is training Tripoli’s forces

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The Libyan National Army (LNA) said that Turkish military and intelligence officers are training armed militias loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

Tripoli has been the centre of an offensive by the LNA since  April 4.

Reports said that the LNA media unit released video footage of military officials from Turkey training armed militias loyal to Sarraj. The video, which was found on the phone of a detainee, showed Turkish officers setting up military operations rooms, said the unit.

LNA’s officials also said that an airstrike carried out by Sarraj’s forces on Tuesday led to the partial destruction of houses and vehicles and said that it considered these activities as crimes against humanity, saying the perpetrators should be held accountable.
There have also been reports of  fierce clashes erupted between the LNA and Sarraj’s forces on the fronts of Ain Zara and Wadi Alrabie south of Tripoli.

The United States and Egypt called for calm as LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar pressed ahead in his offensive on the Libyan capital and in comments he made in the recent days showed no will for a ceasefire.

Via Asharaq al-Awsat

 

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